After Sunrisers Hyderabad’s senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was on Monday ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League with a thigh muscle injury, the franchise named Prithvi Raj Yarra as the replacement.
The development was confirmed by the franchise on Tuesday.
The injury to Bhuvneshwar could also end his hopes of being a part of the Indian team’s tour of Australia later this year, reported PTI.
Bhuvneshwar sustained the injury while bowling the 19th over of Chennai Super Kings’ innings during their October 2 clash here and hobbled out of the field after just one delivery.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar is out of IPL with a thigh muscle injury. It is probably a grade 2 or 3 injury, which could mean that he would be out for at least 6 to 8 weeks. It might effectively rule him out of India’s tour of Australia,” a senior BCCI official had told PTI.
Bhuvneshwar had been in decent form during this year’s IPL with an economy rate of less than seven in four games with three wickets.
His injury will be a massive blow to SRH skipper David Warner as he struggles for quality death bowlers in his side which is short on experience.
In case of Bhuvneshwar, he might stay back in the UAE as the Indian team’s physio Nitin Patel is also there as part of the BCCI’s medical team. Being a centrally-contracted player, Bhuvneshwar’s rehabilitation will be entirely looked after by the BCCI.
However, for the past one year Bhuvneshwar has been mostly out, due to side strain and hamstring injuries and only recently made a comeback during the IPL. He had missed the New Zealand tour earlier this year. India are to play four Test matches during the tour of Australia at year-end.
Prithvi Raj is a left-arm pacer who played two matches for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2019 season. His only wicket in the tournament, incidentally, is that of SRH’s current captain David Warner. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, “despite a low number of senior-level matches since debuting in the 2017-18 season, Raj has already played in the Duleep Trophy for India Red and in the Deodhar Trophy last year for India A.”